posted on Jan, 20 2012 @ 01:38 PM
A few weeks ago I wrote my congressman about the upcoming SOPA and similar legislation. Below is the response I received:
Thank you for contacting me to express your concern regarding H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and similar pieces of legislation making
its way through Congress . I appreciate hearing your views on this legislation.
Illegal piracy and counterfeiting cost the U.S. economy $100 billion and thousands of jobs every year. There is wide agreement that " rogue
websites " – or websites that operate overseas and sell counterfeit or pirated property – r epresent a significant threat to American
intellectual property, which is a Constitutionally protected right in the U.S.
New laws and policies are needed to address this growing and costly threat from overseas; however, I share your concern about some aspects of SOPA.
Changes to the bill have been made in the House Judiciary Committee to address many of the concerns that have been raised about the bill. This
process is ongoing, and further changes are possible. It is my hope that at the end of this process, a bill can be agreed upon that combats foreign
websites that profit off online piracy, that protects freedom of speech, individual liberty, and that retains the integrity of the internet.
Thank you again for contacting me with your thoughts. For additional information regarding current legislation and my representation of the 2nd
District, please visit my website: poe.house.gov. While you are visiting the website, be sure to sign up for my electronic newsletter.
God and Texas,
Member of Congress
I'm not denying that money has been lost because of online piracy. My point is that most of these people are not gonna suffer in the slightest as a
result. Please explain how 2 million will make you happier than 1 million. It won't. Most of the people doing this are poor and don't make a dime off
it. I guarantee you the law won't be limited to only sites making a profit. I honestly have no idea where you got the $100 billion lost very year but
I can tell you that such "reports" are routinely doctored to promote a particular point of view (i.e Iraq and now Iran). Listen to yourself... what
"significant threat" are you referring to? How is people downloading/uploading stuff a threat to the US? It's not. The only threat is to the
corporations who are already making billions. Online piracy in NO way threatens or harms the average citizen. In fact most enjoy it because we don't
have to pay $20 for a large drink and popcorn for a movie that sucks!
Problem. Reaction. Solution.
edit on 20-1-2012 by infiniteobserver because: (no reason given)